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Michael

colorado springs, CO, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Polish Officer

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Alan Furst
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (260)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (113)

    New York Times best-selling author Alan Furst is internationally renowned as master of the European espionage thriller. Unfolding in September of 1939 as Hitler's Wehrmacht ravages Warsaw, The Polish Officer reveals the daring mission of a Captain in the Polish underground intelligence service.

    Charles Lawton says: "Insight into a dark era"
    "pre-war historical fiction"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you know anything of the politics of pre-WWII you can easily follow the thread of the story. While enjoyable it takes a while to immerse into the character. And the succeeding chapters jump around a bit. With easy references to other characters in previous books Furst continues his character development.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Furst tracks well with the intelligence system of pre-WWII and I thought this was going to be a more Polish military centric book. The Russian references are worthwhile but diverted me from the true threads of the book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Maybe the evacuation of the gold from Poland.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Nope, probably the ending being unresolved.


    Any additional comments?

    I am skeptical of buying more in this series. None of the reviews are exactly, well, positive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edge of Eternity: The Century Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1245)
    Performance
    (1112)
    Story
    (1118)

    Throughout these books, Follett has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution - and rock and roll.

    Elisa says: "Some good, some bad"
    "Very selective political history story"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I enjoyed the previous two books of the trilogy. This one quickly skimmed over unpopular aspects of characters in history, totally skipped the incompetence of Jimmy Carter and went after the good ole targets of the media, Nixon, Reagan, Bush 41 and Dick Cheney. I could rant for paragraphs. Follett is quick to go after political targets, while completely skipping an entire incompetent administration and the greatest foreign policy incident of the 1970's.
    Gorbachev sure didn't change his political outlook because of Jimmy Carter.


    What was most disappointing about Ken Follett’s story?

    I'm really tired of the CIA bashing. If all these authors/journalists think they got a better idea or some miracle group of people to go collect intelligence, out of the fiction world, put your money where your mouth is. Coming from a Brit, whose country lost an entire empire in 99 years, the tale is delightful.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There is no good scene in this book. Maybe the part about how the secretary had to get an abortion of JFK's kid? You stay classy Follett.
    Very little gripping about it. Compared to the other two, falls a little short.


    What character would you cut from Edge of Eternity?

    Jasper Murray was a total waste of story thread. Evie Williams also.
    What's the deal with Evie Williams character anyway? Poor, obtuse historical connection to Jane Fonda, I get it. But it just went on and on and on.


    Any additional comments?

    I won't say the book is a waste of money like some others recently.
    The narrator is quite good. Very pleasing to the ear, which made this rolling catastrophe bearable. Too bad Audible doesn't have a rental program.
    I probably won't listen to this trilogy again.
    Fair enough.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Kill Artist

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (842)
    Performance
    (724)
    Story
    (733)

    After the assassination of his wife and son, Gabriel Allon retires from his brutal anti-terrorist career and loses himself in his previous cover job: art restoration. But when Tariq al-Hourani, the Palestinian terrorist responsible for his family’s death, begins a killing spree designed to destroy Middle East peace talks, Gabriel once again slips into the shadowy world of international intrigue. In a global game of hide-and-seek, the motives of Gabriel and Tariq soon become more personal than political.

    Snoodely says: "Reluctant Assassin"
    "meh, interesting, i finished it"
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    Would you try another book from Daniel Silva and/or George Guidall?

    i looked at the reviews for the other Silva books, maybe later.
    George? I like him a lot.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Daniel Silva? Why or why not?

    Meh, maybe. I really gotta look at the reviews. Audible reviews are usually spot on.


    Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

    don't really remember any of them, that was the problem with the book.
    nothing jumps out at me.


    Did The Kill Artist inspire you to do anything?

    buy another book?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vicious Circle

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    Hector Cross left behind a career of high risks and warfare when he married his beloved Hazel Bannock. But after his new life is tragically upended, he recognizes the ruthless hand of an old enemy behind the attack. Determined to fight back, Hector draws together a team of his most loyal friends and fellow warriors to hunt down those who pursue him and his loved ones. For he and Hazel have a child, a precious daughter, whom he will go to the ends of the earth to protect.

    Craig says: "Wilbur Smith goes overboard"
    "not the best not the worst,"
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    What would have made Vicious Circle better?

    a. audible stop with your leading questions.
    b. While an ok book, it was extremely gory and not really very entertaining. I was at least able to finish this one, and I have stopped one other Smith book that just drug on.
    The characters are thin, the oration is ok, not great, and the long phase of the "history" re-cap lost me and I fast forwarded through that.
    Unfortunately, my iPhone jumped backwards, yet again, and I had to fast forward all over again. Any whooooo, I really liked one or two other books, but this one seemed stuck in writer re-cap land and it was hard to move on to the new story. When it did the characters jumped back n forth a good bit, which made it hard to keep my attention.
    Wish I wouldn't of wasted a credit.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Wilbur Smith again?

    only after i read a lot of reviews.


    What didn’t you like about John Lee’s performance?

    his american accents were juvenile and really didn't match the characters personality.
    very disconcerting.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Vicious Circle?

    the long history recap scenes, the gory murder episodes, his painful to listen to romance/sex scenes, which add nothing to the book IMHO, and his adulation for all british cars on every continent.
    I don't really care about which wine they drink with a spectacular made up meal.


    Any additional comments?

    Not sure I'll buy another Smith book. When they are bad, they are really bad, when they are mediocre, they are truly mediocre.
    This one is a re-cap that is mediocre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Colonel's Mistake

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dan Mayland
    • Narrated By Richard Allen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (71)

    In Baku, Azerbaijan, CIA operations officer Daria Buckingham is arrested for a heinous crime. Her former boss, retired CIA station chief Mark Sava, is sure she’s innocent and tries to help her out - landing him in the middle of the new Great Game, an espionage war over oil that has China, Iran, and the United States clawing at each other’s throats. Back in Washington, DC, Colonel Henry Amato, assistant to the US national security advisor, is keeping a close watch on the situation.

    MARRILEE says: "Just Wasn't A Good Audiobook"
    "interesting, not what i was expecting"
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    If you could sum up The Colonel's Mistake in three words, what would they be?

    this was an old little experience from audible. i figured it out about half way through and was just curious enough to listen to the rest to find out the ending.
    not bad, entertaining, good location, planes, trains n automobiles.
    i may even buy another one from the author.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    kinda anti-climatic, but better than most.
    the author drops enough bread crumbs along the way that you figure out the plot twist by the end of the book.


    What three words best describe Richard Allen’s voice?

    different, not bad, not quite melodic, but not like sand paper in my ears.
    he has some fluctuation in tenor that makes it possible to differentiate the characters.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    soldiers do goofy crap while deployed overseas?


    Any additional comments?

    meh, give it a shot, i listen to two books a month and this one was ok.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hazardous Duty: Presidential Agent Series, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By W.E.B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (330)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (297)

    Mexican drug cartels are shooting up the streets of Laredo and El Paso. Somali pirates are holding three U.S. tankers for ransom. The President of the United States is fed up and, as Commander in Chief, has what he thinks is a pretty bright idea — to get hold of Colonel Charley Castillo and his merry band and get them on the case. Unfortunately, that will be difficult. Everybody knows that the President hates Castillo’s guts, and has just had him forcibly retired from the military, and now Castillo’s men are scattered far and wide, many of them in hiding.

    Michael says: "TRIPE!!! Utter Tripe with horrible editing."
    "TRIPE!!! Utter Tripe with horrible editing."
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    Would you try another book from W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth and/or Dick Hill?

    ARE YOU CRAZY??? This is the most horrible editing of any of these books. HAVE YOU LOST YOUR MIND?? The character went from Seymour Krantz to Jack Kensington? WTF is Jack Kensington? W. E. Butterworth and Jr must of lost their collective memory or the editors drew a paycheck with no work or plot comparison!! Of the first 6 hrs 5.5 of it was recounting all the previous books in perpetuity. IT never ended. Write something new. I FF'ed through entire chapters even though IOS7 doesn't have chapter breaks and never lost the "so-called" plot.


    What could W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    This book was 2hrs of new plot streeeeeeetcccchhhheeddddd into 13 hours of pure agony. As a fan, I am tired of the story of the centuries old Russian history. And the religion. And the half-assed love story. And the dumb-ass aviators talking to the control tower. And the 1950s theory of military history. Write a new plot line. You completely left characters out. And I could give a crap about Russian mob families. No particular impact on the story or plot. I want my money back…..This is almost as bad as the Corps series you have managed to ruin.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator is still dry as toast. And he has mixed up the "voices" he has used in the past.It's like rubbing sand paper in my ears. And they keep the same guy. Over and Over and Over.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Hazardous Duty?

    The entire plot of the priest from Chicago? WtF was that about? WHO CARES?!?!?!Get with the program!! Horrible plot deviations. Please stop with the recounting of every minor characters entire previous chapters of mis-quoted character development. I was really hoping for some new plot. What? ARE you getting paid by the word or letter now?My frustration is expected but you have over-whelmed me with your tripe on this one.


    Any additional comments?

    FF to the second part. Suffer through if you already own the series. You are keeping WEB rolling in his retirement home in NW Argentina. Maybe one day he can build his own Karin Hall and pay tribute to the "good guy" Nazis. And to think I pre-ordered this on Audible and B&N…..what was I thinking?

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Threat Vector

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3741)
    Performance
    (3272)
    Story
    (3291)

    Jack Ryan has only just moved back into the Oval Office when he is faced with a new international threat. An aborted coup in the People's Republic of China has left President Wei Zhen Lin with no choice but to agree with the expansionist policies of General Su Ke Quiang. They have declared the South China Sea a protectorate and are planning an invasion of Taiwan. The Ryan administration is determined to thwart China’s ambitions, but the stakes are dangerously high as a new breed of powerful Chinese anti-ship missiles endanger the US Navy's plans to protect the island.

    Jean says: "Spies and a counter espionage"
    "good finish to this trilogy"
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    What made the experience of listening to Threat Vector the most enjoyable?

    i like lou diamond phillips, and getting out of JR's love issues was a relief.
    the story is totally unbelievable but yet engaging the whole time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    i still like chavez [when LDP does his voice] and clark.


    What does Lou Diamond Phillips bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    personality to chavez.
    he needs do do more books.
    i would check them out.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    SPOILER ALERT:
    clark faking the heart attack?


    Any additional comments?

    All three books are good. i relisten to them while walking all the time

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When the Lion Feeds: Courtneys, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (49)

    He began life at his twin brother’s side, soon running wild on his father’s ranch on the edge of Africa. But violence, desire, and fate sent Sean Courtney into exile - where he would fight and love his way to extraordinary success and heartbreaking failure.... In a place called The Ridge of White Waters, Sean made a life-long friendship, mined a fortune of gold, and met his own demons. Then an act of cunning betrayal struck - and ignited a new adventure to a new frontier.

    J. HITTINGER says: "I loved the book!"
    "couldn't get through it"
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    What would have made When the Lion Feeds better?

    enough with the kiss kiss looking for love routine already.
    more action less looking for love.


    What was most disappointing about Wilbur Smith’s story?

    it drags. i couldn't finish it.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Lee?

    he's good enough to do the job, it is the plot


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    aggravation that it wasn't more like Assegai


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Empire and Honor: Honor Bound, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (151)

    October 1945: The Germans and Japanese have surrendered. For Cletus Frade and his colleagues in the OSS, it should be time to pack up - but they have far more important things to do. Chief among them is the protection of their assets, especially the human ones. In the closing months of the war, the United States made a secret deal with the head of German intelligence’s Soviet section. In exchange for a treasure trove of intelligence - in particular the identity of the Soviet spies in the U.S. atomic bomb program - his people would be spirited to safety in Argentina.

    Edward Lulie says: "Surprising Good Sequel"
    "better than others and a good follow up"
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    What did you love best about Empire and Honor?

    love is the wrong word. good book, better than others, and i like the fact he has added some new characters.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    no, but it does roll along rapidly. i do get tired of listening to all the kissy kiss lovey dovey crap he constantly writes into his books.
    editor sucks, but i am into WEBG books for decades and they are good series.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    only the WEBG books. I don't really like his narration but he is less aggravating than that Dove guy.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    yea, i wanted to skip chapters or sections when they are intimate. its not pron but it gets old after a while


    Any additional comments?

    if you are into the WEBG series' yea it's worth your time.
    if not, get the first one in the series first.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Power Down: Dewey Andreas, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Ben Coes
    • Narrated By Peter Hermann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1618)
    Performance
    (1255)
    Story
    (1261)

    There was one factor that the terrorists didn’t take into account when they struck the Capitana oil platform off the coast of Colombia - slaughtering much of the crew and blowing up the platform - and that was the Capitana crew chief, Dewey Andreas. Dewey, former Army Ranger and Delta, survives the attack, rescuing as many of his men as possible. But the battle has just begun....

    Tommy says: "The best thing to happen since Mitch Rapp!"
    "couldn't finish it"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    dragged on. read the other reviews and thought i would try it out, but just couldn't get through the first download.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Peter Hermann?

    george guidall or eric gray


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    sleep, frustration it wasn't faster or more involved.


    Any additional comments?

    none

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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